Kendrick challenges his team to a fresh target

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Expectations are on the increase at Uppingham Town where Richard Kendrick wants his side to rack up at least 60 points this season.

At the start of the campaign, the Town boss aimed for a modest point per game but he is now looking to almost double that target.

While the top trio look beyond reach, tenth-placed Uppingham are just four points behind fourth-placed Oakham with a handful of games in hand and a top five finish is now the challenge.

Uppingham have title-challengers Netherton and Moulton Harrox still to play and Kendrick said: “Our season is not dead. We can have a big say in the final outcome.

“As far as I am concerned it’s all to play for.

“We want to get the games played and collect as many points as we can.

“We have seven or eight tough games but another 30 points would make it an excellent season.”

Uppingham begin what is effectively part two of the season with a trip to struggling Whittlesey Blue Star on Saturday and the Town boss added: “My main hope is that the lads do not give up because there is nothing left to win.

“I am looking forward to Saturday. A win will get us off to a good start.

“It all depends on how they react after the recent cup defeats. After Saturday we will have an idea of where we will be at the end and anything other than a win is not good enough.”

Speaking on Monday, after his side has endured two weeks of cancelled matches, he added: “We have trained a couple of times indoors and should have at least 20 at training this week.

“You always lose two or three weeks and everybody is in the same boat.

“Now it’s like the second leg of the season and we have achieved a good start.

“I think we have come a long way and if it goes flat it would be a real shame.”

One benefit of losing the last two week’s matches to the weather is that minor injuries to Scott Bryan, Oli Webb and Rob Forster have had more time to heal.

The Rutland derby, at home against Oakham United, which was postponed in December will now be played on March 2.

Kick off at Whittlesey on Saturday is at 2pm.